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April 2015 Archives

What is the scheduling system for controlled substances?

You often hear about the "war on drugs" and "drug crime" but rarely do everyday people think about a term that is used in relation to these things and that is very important to the proceedings: controlled substance. This phrase is defined as any illegal drug that can have a detrimental impact on a person's health or welfare. Essentially, controlled substance laws -- such as the federal policy called the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 -- are in place to protect people from themselves. Of course, this "protection" often leaves people reeling from the serious consequences associated with their crime.

California Supreme Court clears fringe evidence to back DUI claims

We've talked about the extensive punishment that is associated with driving under the influence on this blog before. There are so many effects and consequences involved with a DUI charge that the accused person can have his or her life turned upside down even if there are mitigating circumstances or inconclusive evidence. And along these lines, things just got even worse for people in California who are accused of driving under the influence.

Punishment is increasing for sexual assault on college campuses

Sexual assault on college campuses is certainly a major issue that needs to be dealt with; and to lawmakers, that means laying down the law with some very serious consequences for those who engage in non-consensual activity. New rules have been put into place on college campuses all across the country, and one of the significant ones here in California is the "yes means yes" law.

What is a status offense and how does it affect someone?

Have you ever heard of a status offense? This is a type of crime that applies to only a certain group of people. For example, a common example of a status offense is a juvenile that skips out on school. Some may give it a more playful term, such as "cutting class" or "playing hooky," but in reality this is a crime (albeit a relatively minor one).

What are the DUI laws that apply in California?

Getting hit with a driving under the influence violation is a major moment in any person's life. There are critical steps that you have to take very shortly after such an offense to protect yourself and your livelihood -- otherwise the consequences associated with the offense could wreak havoc on your life.

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